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Donald Trump

Trump’s first 100 days: Law and order

As his first 100 days as the 45th president of the United States wraps up, President Trump has enjoyed an eventful relationship with the law, and begun to exercise, and on occasion find the limits of, his executive power.

In an important win for his administration, he fulfilled his promise to select a like-minded successor to Justice Scalia with the nomination (and confirmation of) Justice Neil Gorsuch, restoring a conservative majority on the court. He also has acted aggressively on his deregulation plan, run up against the courts with his travel ban, and failed to usher through a repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act.

To carry out many of his promises, Trump has employed the use of executive action, through executive orders, presidential proclamations and the Congressional Review Act.

Obama vs. Trump’s first 100 days

According to Thomson Reuters Westlaw data, both President Obama and President Trump issued the same number of presidential proclamations – 24 – though several are unique to each that may speak to both individual focus and priorities. Obama saw only one bill, by both houses of Congress using its Congressional Review Act (CRA) authority, while President Donald Trump has already signed 13 in his first 100 days, largely aimed at undoing his predecessor’s policies.

See the below chart for an at-a-glance comparison of the two presidents’ use of executive action, and dive into the data with our special reports: Trump’s first 100 days – Presidential Proclamations, and Congressional Review Act.

Obama vs. Trump’s first 100 days – Executive action

Obama First 100 Days Trump 01/20/17- 04/25/17
Executive Orders 19 24
Presidential Proclamations 24 24
Enacted Legislation 14 28
Federal Register Entries 1402 1132
Proposed Rulemaking 199 165
Congressional Review Act
(proposed and enacted laws)
1 13
(Proposed 63)
Case Decisions 64 46
Newly Filed Dockets 48 173

Source: Westlaw


Executive orders since 1933

You can also view an interactive timeline of Trump vs. Obama’s executive orders, memoranda and proclamations, and see a comprehensive look at executive orders by year and president dating back to 1933 with this data visualization from Reuters.

Chart show Donald Trump Executive actions compared to Barack Obama, and executive orders by president since 1933 as related to military conflicts. Reuters Graphic.
Click for the interactive version.

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